AIB and FIU Business focus on international business research in Africa.

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L-R: Fred Walumbwa, FIU Business; Desislava Dikova, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria; Joana Prah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; Elizabeth Rose, Indian Institute of Management Udaipur, India; William Newburry, FIU Business; Caroline Kariuki, Strathmore Business School, Kenya; Ndirangu Ngunjiri, University of Nairobi, Kenya; Benjamin Cobbinah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, at Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi for the opening gala of the AIB Insights paper development workshop.

In an effort to broaden the coverage of new markets and international business research in Africa, AIB Insights conducted a paper development workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

Academics shared unpublished manuscript ideas on a broad range of international business topics and obtained developmental feedback in preparation for a special AIB Insights issue on international business in Africa.

“The goal was to assist authors in developing papers that could be published in the journal, which publishes applied research with a focus on actionable advice,” said William Newburry, professor of international business at FIU Business, who is editor of AIB Insights.

The two-day event was led by the AIB Insights editorial team and held at Strathmore Business School. The idea for this workshop arose at the 2023 AIB (Academy of International Business) Meeting in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to Newburry, Fred Walumbwa, chair of the Department of International Business at FIU Business, was also a key player in the workshop organization and a conference speaker.

“We want to focus on having events to help researchers develop new capabilities in publishing applied research,” said Newburry, Ryder Eminent Scholar of Global Business. “This is particularly important in locations where the capabilities to produce academic research are less developed.”

The Nairobi workshop drew 35 participants - from a variety of African countries, including Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, along with India, France, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. - plus 14 panelists and speakers.

Participants presented their paper ideas twice over two days. After the first presentation they received feedback from the reviewers. Later, they revised those presentations and presented again on the second day to receive additional insight, Newburry explained.

In August there will be a round of online reviews of those same papers.

AIB is the world’s oldest and largest association of international business academics from diverse disciplines who have common research and teaching interests in topics with international implications.